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May 2000
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Contract awarded for Novovoronezh safety parameter display system

During May, Burns & Roe Enterprises, Inc., awarded a contract to Data Systems & Solutions to install a safety parameter display system in Novovoronezh Unit 5. Data Systems & Solutions will subcontract with the Russian firms ConSyst and Western Services to perform most of the in-country work. Installation in the VVER-1000 reactor is planned for completion in summer 2001. Safety parameter display systems were installed in Novovoronezh Units 3 and 4 in 1998 and 1999, respectively. Those units are VVER-440/230 reactors. (Richard Reister, DOE, 301-903-0234; Rich Denning, PNNL, 614-424-7412; Frank Panisko, PNNL, 509-372-4472) *

Simulator instructor training program being transferred to Russia

At a late-May workshop, the U.S. team began the transfer to Russia of a training program for simulator instructors. The workshop, conducted at the Moscow facilities of the All-Russian Research Institute for Nuclear Power Plant Operations (VNIIAES), was the first of three planned to transfer the simulator instructor training technology. Initially developed with U.S. support for nuclear facilities in Ukraine, the program is part of a cooperative effort to improve training for staff at Soviet-designed nuclear power plants.

Representatives from VNIIAES, the Novovoronezh and Smolensk training centers, and Kola NPP participated. U.S. team members from Sonalysts, Inc., Human Performance Analysis Corporation, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory also attended.

The group established six key objectives for the weeklong workshop:

  • Define the content of the training program.
  • Identify available reference materials to be used in developing the program.
  • Develop a plan for implementing the program.
  • Develop a schedule for program development and implementation.
  • Identify and assign responsibilities for modifying existing, or developing new, instructional materials.
  • Identify technical and logistical support requirements for the training program.

By the end of the workshop, participants had achieved all six objectives. They will meet again in September 2000 to continue program development activities. Pilot implementation of the program is scheduled for November 2000 at Kola NPP; the specific date will be determined by availability of Kola’s full-scope simulator. (John Yoder, DOE, 301-903-5650; Al Ankrum, PNNL, 509-372-4095) *


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